State ANILCA Coordination
Upcoming Documents for Review
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Proposed Study of Hdrological, Glacial and Meteorological Factors that Control Water and Sediment Input to Lake Peters EA
Northern Arizona University has submitted an application for a Special Use Permit to study the hydrological, glacial and meteorological factors that control water and sediment input to Lake Peters within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge wilderness area. The proposed project would include three years of monitoring and sediment sampling. Because of the remote location of the project site, the Univ. of AZ is requesting to use a helicopter and plane to access the site and to use a motorized zodiak raft and ice-auger, as well as other motorized sampling equipment for sampling activities. The applicant is also proposing to have a backup generator for electronic needs.
Comments are due April 20, 2015. More information can be found at the project website.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) -- Sterling Highway Milepost (MP) 45 to 60 Project
DOT&PF and FHWA has released a draft Supplemental EIS looking at alternatives for the Sterling Highway in the Cooper Landing Area, between MP 45 and 60, to reduce congestion, improve safety, and to improve the highway to current "rural principal arterial" design standards. The highway between MP 45 and 60 follows a constricted valley between the Keani River and the Kenai Mountains, little room exists to alter the alignment or widen the highway.
The public review document and further information is available at the the project website. Comments are due May 26, 2015.
Forest Service - Chugach Forest Plan Revision
The Chugach National Forest is beginning the first phase of a 3-year planning process to revise the 2002 forest plan under the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule. The public review scoping document and further information is available at the project website.
Forest Service - Tongass Forest Plan Revision
The Tongass National Forest is conducting an anticipated 2-year planning process to revise the 2008 Forest Plan under the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule. Based on public comments received, four issues were identified: young growth transition; renewable energy; roadless areas; and wildlife habitat. The FS anticipates three public open houses in early 2015 (in Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan) as part of the public process, public notice for these meetings will be published in the federal register and on-line. Further information is available at the at the project website.
BLM Central Yukon Resource Management Plan and EIS
The BLM is developing a new resource management plan to guide future management of 16 million acres of public land in central and northern Alaska. Further information is available at the at the project website.
BLM Bering Sea Western Interior (BSWI) Resource Management Plan and EIS
The BLM is developing a new resource management plan to guide future management of 62 million acres of public land, 10.6 million acres managed by BLM in western Alaska. Further information is available at the at the project website.
BLM Eastern Interior Resource Management Plan and EIS
The BLM is developing a new resource management plan to guide future management of 6.7 million acres of public land in Eastern Interior Alaska, including the White Mountains National Recreational Areas, the Steese National Conservation Area, and the Fortymile area. This plan will also cover BLM lands in the upper Black River and the greater Fairbanks area. BLM is currently analyzing public comments received in 2013; when comment review is done, the Proposed RMP/Final EIS will be published. Further information is available at the project website.